Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Pentax K-r

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
8 fps
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-r

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.4 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 25fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
197 lenses vs 109 lenses
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More than 80% more lenses available
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.56x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
8 fps vs 6 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
19 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Battery life
Longer battery life
800 shots vs 470 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
854 ISO vs 755 ISO
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The 7D has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Focus points
More focus points
19 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/6000s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
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HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.4 EV vs 11.7 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
22.9 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Better image quality
72.0 vs 66.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Size
Significantly smaller
125x97x68 mm vs 148x111x74 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-r's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
105 ms vs 131 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Weight
Significantly lighter
598 g vs 860 g
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More than 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
2.7" vs 2.9"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$399.00 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $600 cheaper (2.5x less)
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The K-r's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              7D:131 ms
              K-r:105 ms
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              7D:400 ms
              K-r:300 ms
              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              7D:17.9 MP
              K-r:12.2 MP
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              7D:66.0
              K-r:72.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              7D:854 ISO
              K-r:755 ISO

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $899 - $999 body only

              $1,058 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $799 body only

              $899 - $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $700 body only

              $587 - $750 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $745 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $550 - $620 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $855 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,378 - $1,799 body only

              $2,199 - $2,399 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $615 body only

              $600 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,485 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,699 - $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Thickness Thicker

              Pentax K-r Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-x

              Pentax K-x

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,499 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $337 - $397 body only

              $83 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 body only

              $449 - $560 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $883 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 - $360 body only

              $409 - $490 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

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